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05-20-2008

Clarkson University's Egon Matijevic Honored by Canton-Potsdam Hospital

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Matijevic, the Victor K. LeMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson, is an internationally celebrated colloid chemist and academic. The University hosted a series of receptions throughout the country in 2007 to allow Matijevic's friends, colleagues and former students the opportunity to celebrate his 50 year milestone as a teacher, scientist and mentor.

The idea of honoring Matijevic for his five decades of teaching and advancing the knowledge and application of chemistry was suggested to the hospital's board of directors by hospital physicians who were eager to recognize him for his groundbreaking research relating to medical applications. Matijevic's ability to synthesize minute particles with precise sizes and composition has special relevance to the medical field because it enables pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop medicines that can be delivered to patients more quickly and consistently. Matijevic receives honors from CP Hospital

The 86-year-old professor held even non-scientists spellbound as he demonstrated to the audience just how beneficial, beautiful and sometimes deadly the microscopic particles that are all around us can be. His presentation was titled "The Good, Bad and Ugly."

Before presenting Matijevic with the proclamation of his appointment from the board of directors, Marlinda LaValley, hospital vice president of administrative services, read a letter signed jointly by David B. Acker, the hospital's president and CEO and Edward S. Mucenski, board chairman, thanking him for his many decades of pioneering research in colloid chemistry, community involvement and support of the hospital. Both Acker and Mucenski were unavoidably out of town on hospital business.

Dr. Alexandru Stoian, a cardiologist, referred to Matijevic as a great man and shared some of the highlights of a career that has spanned more than five decades. He had a copy of Matijevic's resume with him when he went to the podium to speak and said, "You can point to any decade since the 1950s and find groundbreaking accomplishments in colloid science and chemistry pioneered by Matijevic. Earlier in the evening Matijevic quipped that his friend's job was to keep his heart going, while his job was to was to teach Dr. Stoian about wine.

Dr. George Mina, an orthopedic surgeon, offered that Matijevic was not only a world-class scientist, but a pretty fair cook. He related how Matijevic took over the food preparation on a couple of occasions to save the evening, even though the get togethers weren't even at his home.

Matijevic was born and educated in Croatia. He began his teaching career at Clarkson in 1957. In addition to numerous Honorary Ph.D.s and citations, he is the only individual to receive all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in his field of Colloid Chemistry. Matijevic is also the recipient of the Graham Award, the highest prize bestowed by the oldest colloid society in the world.

This is the first time Canton-Potsdam Hospital has made an Honorary Distinguished Academic Appointment to their Medical Staff.

Photo caption: Prof. Egon Matijevic receives an Honorary Distinguished Academic Appointment to the medical staff at Canton-Potsdam Hospital from Marlinda LaValley, hospital vice president of administrative services.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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